In an op-ed for The Guardian, Asher Wolf criticises plans in New South Wales to introduce an ID-scanning program in 35 bars, citing “fierce condemnation from civil liberties groups and privacy advocates. The idea of handing the average bar staffer long-term responsibility over sensitive personal data is an immensely creepy proposition.” Wolf cited concerns that information stored in databases could be compromised, suggesting those concerns have “been overlooked in the rush to implement the scheme. Rather than ensure government oversight of the scheme, the program has been left up to the whims of a cabal of bar owners, police and private operators.”
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